You already know that staying fit is good for you. Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease, may help prevent certain types of cancer, lowers your risk of osteoporosis, prevents weight-gain and type 2 diabetes, helps you sleep better, and improves muscle and lung function. It can help lower anxiety and prevent depression, too. Working out also releases endorphins, our bodies’ stress-fighters, leaving us feeling at ease, research suggests. In other words, working out can actually feel good—and even be fun.
Not sold? You’re not alone. Less than five percent of adults do at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. While we’re supposed to be engaging in 150 minutes of cardio per week, plus two days’ worth of strength training targeting all the major muscle groups, only one-third of us actually do this. But working out doesn’t have to be a drag. Here are four ways to kick start (and get a kick out of) your fitness routine.
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